SPORTING CP – ATLETICO MADRID EUROPA LEAGUE
The first leg was won 2-0 by Atletico Madrid, who won thanks to goals scored by Koke and Antoine Griezmann in the first half. After that match, the Sporting has lived hours full of tension. President Bruno De Carvalho criticized his players, nineteen of whom reacted with a letter of protest and were suspended. The situation has subsequently been resolved, but the recent internal conflicts could still leave heavy aftermath.
In the return challenge, moreover, the Sporting will have to deal with the heavy absences of two disqualified: it is the striker Bas Dost and left-back Fabio Coentrao, who have a good international experience and will not be easily replaced.
Well trained by Diego Simeone, Atletico is almost always ready in the field in the right way and is trying to turn a big disappointment into an important opportunity. After having remedied a premature elimination from the Champions League, he became the favorite club for the conquest of the Europa League.
The probable formations of Sporting Cp – Atletico Madrid
SPORTING LISBON (4-2-3-1): Rui Patricio; Piccini, Coates, Mathieu, Acuña; Battle, Bruno Fernandes; Gelson Martins, Ruiz, Ruben Ribeiro; Montero.
ATLETIC MADRID (4-4-2): Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Hernandez; Saul Niguez, Partey, Gabi, Koke; Griezmann, Diego Costa.